Favourite Japanese Live Action Moviesby donaldsgordon | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public
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1. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 292,373 | Gross: $0.27M
2. The Family Game (1983)
107 min | Comedy, Drama
A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »
3. Messengers (1999)
118 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Naomi Shimizu is a young career woman working for Enrico Dandolo, an Italian fashion house. That is until one day the company declares bankruptcy. Accustomed to living in luxury she tries ... See full summary »
4. Negotiator: Mashita Masayoshi (2005)
127 min | Action
Japan's #1 negotiator Mashita Masayoshi is called into action again as a mysterious train terrorizes Tokyo's underground railway network. But this time his opponent is gunning for him personally.
6. Heartbeat Memorial (1997)
Looking for something to do during the summer, Akihiko Suzuki teams up with four girls, Namie, Natsumi, Mishio, and Komugi, and a guy named Kosuke, to start a little cafe down by the beach.... See full summary »
7. Tampopo (1985)
Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy
A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.
Votes: 13,893 | Gross: $0.22M
8. Love's Whirlpool (2014)
123 min | Romance
From midnight to 5 AM, people gather at a high-end apartment in Roppongi to engage in promiscuous sexual activity. Story depicts the process of the men and women who meet for the first time there to have loveless sex.
10. Rashomon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.
Votes: 139,648 | Gross: $0.10M
12. Ran (1985)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
Votes: 102,276 | Gross: $3.52M
13. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.
14. Sanjuro (1962)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.
15. Bang! (1991)
111 min | Comedy
A serious-minded policeman plays the role of robber in a police training operation against bank robberies. He's so good his fellow policemen can't catch him. TV networks begin to broadcast ... See full summary »
16. Our Little Sister (2015)
PG | 127 min | Drama, Family
A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.
Votes: 10,280 | Gross: $0.46M
20. Kamikaze Girls (2004)
102 min | Comedy
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.
21. Samurai Fiction (1998)
111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge.
22. Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992)
105 min | Comedy, Sport
Yet another tradition in the tradition of "ragtag misfits" in Japanese comedy...Sumo Do, Sumo Don't tells the story of a university sumo club in Japan. In today's Japan, the younger ... See full summary »
23. I Are You, You Am Me (1982)
113 min | Comedy
9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Through supernatural intervention, their minds and bodies are switched, and the result... See full summary »
45 min | Drama, Family
On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are "flat" or "round" when ... See full summary »
30. Jam Films (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
"The Messenger" is a mysterious woman who appears to a mobster hiding underground to tell him about his ultimate fate. A bag with a "Kendama" ball and string toy gets mixed up with a bag of... See full summary »
Directors: Daizaburo Hanada, Jôji Iida, Shunji Iwai, Ryûhei Kitamura, Rokuro Mochizuki, Tetsuo Shinohara, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Isao Yukisada | Stars: Morio Agata, Natsuko Akiyama, Samuel Pop Aning, Reila Aphrodite
31. Fancy Dance (1989)
101 min | Comedy
Yohei, a punk rocker, has to become a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Yohei though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline learns to adjust. Then his ... See full summary »
32. Bayside Shakedown (1998)
119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the ... See full summary »
33. Gantz (2010)
Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
After trying to rescue a man on the subway tracks, two teens wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on Earth.
34. Sundome 2 (2008)
95 min | Drama, Romance
A teenage girl transfers to a new high school. She and a boy in the class join the same school club and during one of the activities she confides in him that she was previously a male. ... See full summary »
36. Bayside Shakedown 2 (2003)
138 min | Crime, Action, Comedy
A special investigative team takes on a strange murder case. As they trace the killer, another murder happens and a witness shows up, making things even more confusing.
37. Sukimasuki (2015)
University student Heisaku has a guilty pleasure. He spies on his cute neighbor Fumio from the outside any chance he gets. Fumio comes to know that Heisaku likes her and is a peeping tom, ... See full summary »
38. Whiteout (2000)
129 min | Action, Thriller
A group of terrorists has taken hold of the largest dam in Japan. They also capture the workers as hostages, and demanded JPY$5 billion from the government with a 24 hour deadline in ... See full summary »
39. The Bayside Shakedown the Final (2012)
126 min | Action, Crime
Set 2 years after prior film "Bayside Shakedown 3: Set the Guys Loose," a major case occurs that has the potential to take down the entire police organization. For the next 3 days Shunsaku ... See full summary »
40. Bayside Shakedown 3: Set the Guys Loose (2010)
141 min | Drama
It's business as usual for detective Aoshima as he tries to solve three peculiar crime cases at the same time in this third feature length episode of popular Japanese drama.
41. What's Going on with My Sister? (2014)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Mitsuki and Yuya become stepsister and stepbrother because of their parents' marriage. Mitsuki can't get along with her new family and Yuya doesn't know how to approach his new stepsister. ... See full summary »
42. Sundome (2007)
81 min | Drama
Hideo Aiba is a virgin at high school. He has never had a girlfriend, is awe of women and mostly involved in his studies, school club and activities and his male friends. Kurumi Sahana has ... See full summary »
43. Onna no ana (2014)
Sachiko Suzuki (Naoho Ichihashi) is a female high school student. She claims that she is an alien and her mission on Earth is to conceive a child with a human man. Sachicko seduces her class teacher Mr. Fukuda (Yukichi Kobayashi)..